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Richland Library Summer Reading Program Kicks Off Monday (Photo) - 05/29/20

The Richland Public Library Summer Reading Program may look a little different this year, as the library facility remains closed to the public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, patrons and program participants will still have access to a variety of digital resources, an online storytime, and fun grab and go activities. In addition, there will also be an opportunity to give back to the community. Richland library staff have been working hard to provide a variety of ways for the public to give back, have fun, and stay engaged. 

"Our staff remain committed to providing services to our citizens and are very excited to launch the Summer Reading Program and other virtual activities. Our library staff has always been considered essential in the eyes of our public," said Leslie Campbell Hime, Manager of the Richland Public Library.

“Imagine Your Story”, the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program, begins on Monday, June 1, 2020, and is open to all ages, from babies to adults. It is easy to register and track the minutes you spend reading. Participants earn virtual badges as they progress with raffle tickets given to enter for a variety of prizes. An extra incentive this year is the community challenge to read for a collective total of 100,000 minutes. AECOM Richland will donate $1,000 to the Tri-Cities Food Bank if the challenge is met.

To enroll in the Summer Reading Program, visit, and follow the instructions. You do not need a library card or be a Richland resident to enroll. There is also a mobile app. available to download for easy updates and tracking. 

The Richland Library continues to offer temporary digital library cards and will soon provide enhanced access to There are also future plans for drive-up or curbside capabilities. Be sure to visit or the Richland Library Facebook page ( for updates. 

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Hanford Communities Transitions Operating Jurisdiction to TRIDEC - 05/29/20

Formed in early 1994, the Hanford Communities is an intergovernmental cooperative organization consisting of representatives from Benton and Franklin Counties, the cities of Richland, Pasco, Kennewick, and West Richland, as well as the Port of Benton. These jurisdictions are the closest in proximity to the Hanford Site and are home to nearly all Hanford’s workforce.

At the time, Pam Brown-Larsen was hired to lead the group’s efforts to monitor and provide input on important Hanford issues. In addition, this organization took on the role of informing citizens throughout our region about Hanford cleanup activities.

Since its inception, the City of Richland has served as the Operating Jurisdiction. The Operating Jurisdiction is responsible for carrying out the purposes and the mission of Hanford Communities. “The City of Richland has been pleased with the accomplishments and regional impact of this group,” says City Manager and Hanford Communities Administrative Board Chair, Cindy Reents.

Hanford Communities Governing Board Chair Bob Thompson states, “Pam Larsen recently announced her retirement from the Hanford Communities after serving diligently for over 25 years. We appreciate her service and commitment to Hanford.”

Throughout the years, the role of the Hanford Communities has evolved as cleanup has progressed, with members offering increased guidance regarding Hanford policy, providing thorough public education tools, and performing ongoing coordination with state and federal agencies.

Subsequently, the local Hanford Communities participating jurisdictions recently approved the Tri-City Development Council (TRIDEC) as the new Operating Jurisdiction of the Hanford Communities. TRIDEC’s VP for Federal Programs, David Reeploeg, took over as the new Executive Director of Hanford Communities, effective May 23, 2020.

TRIDEC is a local non-profit organization that promotes economic diversification and facilitates job creation and retention throughout our region. In addition, TRIDEC leads the Tri-Cities community on issues of economic importance and advocates for the policies and funding needed to support the Hanford clean-up mission.

Richland Solicits Public Input for New Standardized LED Street Lighting (Photo) - 05/28/20

The City of Richland is finalizing its Street Lighting Retrofit and Standards Study. This study will develop a new comprehensive street lighting policy for the City of Richland that addresses recommended light levels and light character for all street classifications. As part of this study, the City is reviewing its current Light-Emitting Diode (LED) standards and developing a plan to implement LED lighting throughout the City. This upgrade will ultimately help decrease energy consumption and reduce maintenance costs in comparison to existing streetlight infrastructure. 

The City is requesting citizen input to assist in selecting standardized LED streetlights for residential neighborhoods. Comments will provide guidance as the City develops a plan to update the standards. 

The City is conducting a field demonstration of multiple LED fixture options currently installed in the Clearwater Creek neighborhood, located off Steptoe Blvd. / Center Parkway, near Amon Creek Elementary School in Richland. The public can access the map of the demonstration location as well as the online survey at Participants are asked to drive through the demonstration area after dark and provide feedback regarding the light temperature and uniformity of light application.

The survey will be accessible from May 28, 2020, through June 10, 2020. 

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Richland Seeks Public Facilities District Board Member (Photo) - 05/11/20

The City of Richland has one (1) vacancy on its Public Facility District Board. Meetings are held on the third Thursday evening of each month.

For further details on this position or to apply, visit and scroll down the Current Vacancies page.
The deadline to apply is May 28, 2020.

For additional information, please contact: Jennifer Rogers, City Clerk (509) 942-7389

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Tri-Cities Announce Plans to Reopen Park Restrooms - 05/04/20

On April 27th, Governor Jay Inslee announced a partial re-opening of some outdoor recreation activities effective May 5, 2020. This includes fishing; hunting; playing golf; day use at state parks, state public lands managed by the Department of Natural Resources, and at state Fish and Wildlife areas.

Most city parks in our region have remained open during the pandemic. However, when the Stay Home, Stay Healthy initiative went into effect, local jurisdictions were forced to close some park amenities including park restrooms. This was due to several factors including the inability to enforce social distancing standards, increased cleaning protocols, lack of availability to necessary supplies, and the unfortunate increase in vandalism.

On May 6, 2020, the cities of Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick will be coordinating efforts to reopen park restrooms throughout our community. Users are encouraged to be aware that park restrooms will be open limited hours due to COVID-19 safety precautions. Restrooms in Richland and Kennewick will be open from approximately 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. daily. The cities will clean the facilities and replenish supplies at least once daily (subject to availability of all supplies). Restrooms at Columbia Playfields and Horn Rapids Athletic Complex in Richland will remain closed at this time.

The Governor stressed all outdoor activities must be done with appropriate social distancing, with respect to the safety and security of participants and the people who work in outdoor recreation.

Public gatherings, events, team sports, and camping, among other things, are not resuming at this time.

More information regarding the status of Richland facilities can be found at For the status of Kennewick facilities, visit